How applications are assessed

We check all applications we receive to make sure they include all the required information.

Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, we have 28 days to ask you for further information and/or seek clarification on the documentation supplied.

Key information often forgotten includes:

  • a site and neighbourhood description
  • a design response
  • fully scaled and dimensioned plans
  • shadow diagrams
  • landscape plans
  • relevant sustainability report and associated documents.

Advertising to affected properties

After we've received all the required information, we determine whether the application should be advertised to affected properties.

Most applications are advertised. We don’t advertise if we established that the proposal will cause no material detriment to any person. 

If advertising is required, all the people likely to be detrimentally affected by the proposal will be given notice of the application. Advertising can take a number of forms. They include: 

  • notifying the owners or occupiers of adjoining properties directly by mail
  • erecting a public notice on site, as well as direct mailing
  • placing advertisements in the local paper.

Advertising to other statutory authorities

For some applications, we’re required to advertise the application to other statutory authorities or refer it to them for comment. These authorities are entitled to object to an application, or require conditions be placed upon any Notice of Decision or permit issued.

Affected parties’ entitlements

Affected parties are entitled to submit an objection to the application and should do so within 14 days of receiving notice of the application.